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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Dec 2, 2009 6:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: a little late to the dinner table?

"of course, in the end it all comes down to the golden rule, and it comes back to you and yours which is what really matters, right?"

Exactly. This reminds me of another question we pondered:

Gonna preface this by saying that there are people who go out there and decide they are going to change the world - philosophers, politicians, whoever they are, not all of them have good intentions. If there's a bunch of egotistical assholes out there trying to change the world and make a whole bunch of money at the expense of others and the environment, well, why can't we, the gandhis of this world, also go out there and now we can change the world guided by compassion, equality, justice, kindness?

Of course we can. But here's the kicker:

How many people who were truly revolutionary, people who changed the world, were able to be happy in their personal lives (get married, settle down, etc.)?

It's somewhat of a trade-off in this regard... but of course you change the world by changing one person at a time :)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 2, 2009 8:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: a little late to the dinner table?

Yep, live is full of tough choices; lots of tradeoffs the end, though, I think that each of us can make a difference, and though entirely too cliche, one interaction at a time (no, this doesn't mean we have to be perc'd as "nice", whatever that is, each and every post!) is what it boils down to...I wish I weren't a short tempered broken down old fart at times, but then I see my old man in me, and think that in some small way I took some of the good, and a little less of the bad, and moved my own little piece of the human race ahead one tenth of a step or so (to bring us around to a Jerry-ism).